Johnson Died In Daycare Van, Court Documents Show
MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – Court documents filed in the Manslaughter case
against Valarie Patterson indicate that Kamden Johnson died from being left
in the daycare’s van. Final autopsy results have not been released but
preliminary results showed there was no physical trauma to the 5-year-old
Court documents also show that Patterson, after finding Kamden
in the van, dumped his body “on the side of Demotroplis Road.”
is no mention of Johnson’s death being attributed to a hot vehicle, but the
high temperature that day was 93-degrees.
On Wednesday, Jasmyn
Williams Johnson, the mother of Kamden Johnson, filed a wrongful death
lawsuit against the daycare and its owners. The civil suit alleges that the
daycare owners, Carl and Angela Coker, along with Preschool Academy Director
Kenya Anderson, were negligent in the operation of the unlicensed daycare
causing the death of Kamden.
The suit alleges that the Community
Ministries Nursery and Preschool Academy failed to provide safe and adequate
care of Kamden, that they were negligent in hiring Valarie Patterson, and
failed to adequately screen or conduct a background check on Patterson.
In addition to the claims of negligence, the suit continues and alleges
that the actions of the daycare and its workers were wanton.
Rena Patterson was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with abuse of
a corpse. Just before her bond hearing Wednesday morning on that charge,
District Attorney Ashley Rich announced that a warrant for Manslaughter had
been signed against Patterson.
Patterson is due in court this
morning, WKRG will have more details on this developing story.